Yarra Council Cops Ramifications From Federal Government
The Federal Government has followed through on threats to remove the City of Yarra's power after the council's recent decision to stop recognising Australia Day on January 26, and not celebrate a citizenship ceremony on the day.
PM Malcolm Turnbull has fully stripped the council of their right to hold ANY citizenship ceremonies.
The issue was brought forward in parliament yesterday, after the council's decision on Tuesday night.
Mr Turnbull said that all Australians should feel proud celebrating Australia Day.
"They are seeking to take a day which unites Australia and turn it into one which divides us," he said.
"To change the date of Australia Day would be to turn our back on Australian values, on the great achievement of 24 million Australians here in the greatest, most successful multicultural society in the world."